1. ‘Hummingbird’ Summersweet
Name: Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’
Size: 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; consistently moist soil
Native range: Maine to Florida and west to Texas
As sweet and delightful as its avian name implies, ‘Hummingbird’ is more compact and mounded than the straight species, with a greater profusion of sweetly fragrant midsummer blooms. Its flowers attract bees and butterflies, adding to its charm and whimsy. Clethra is deciduous and has appealing golden yellow fall color. I prefer to leave mature seed heads through winter to maintain year-round interest, leaving any tidying and pruning for late winter. In its native habitat, it grows in sandy, wet soils but tolerates our Southern clay soils well. Plant it in an area where the soil does not dry out completely.
2. ‘Pee Wee’ Oakleaf Hydrangea
Name: Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’
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